The 2005 Ford Five Hundred is a car that comes in three straight forward models. A three-liter, V-6 engine powers each model. This engine is beneficial to the driver’s wallet since its fuel economy is decent. Ford has a reputation for producing gas guzzlers, but this small family-oriented sedan has a 19-gallon capacity fuel tank. Even though all models have the same engine and fuel economy, transmission depends on the model. However, both types of transmission come equipped with overdrive. This means that the gears in the engine turn over faster and achieve a greater number of revolutions per minute than in engines without overdrive. The SE model has six-speed automatic transmission that shifts gears automatically as acceleration increases. The SEL and Limited models have a two-speed continuously variable transmission that shifts as seamlessly as an automatic transmission. All engines have 203 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. All models are available with either front- or all-wheel drive. If all-wheel drive is selected for the SE model, the automatic transmission is replaced by continuously variable transmission.
Body Styles: full-size four-door sedan
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed automatic with overdrive, two-speed continuously variable with overdrive
Models: Ford Five Hundred SE, Ford Five Hundred SEL, Ford Five Hundred Limited
All three models of the Ford Five Hundred are brand new for 2005, especially the crossover-like platform.
The entirely new large and luxurious exterior features clean lines and classic geometric shapes. The body sits on a wheelbase of 112.9-inches. Body dimensions are 61.5-inches high by 200.7-inches long by 74.5 -inches wide. The only noticeable exterior difference between the models is the wheels. The base SE model and mid-class SEL model have 17-inch steel tires. When stepping up in class to the Limited, these tires are upgraded to 18-inch alloy. A power moon roof is also available as an exterior option.
The entirely-new design of the 2005 Ford Five Hundred was built upon a platform that resembles Ford crossover sport utility vehicles; this makes for an interesting interior. Because of this elevated platform, the seats are particularly high up. Ford makes a big deal of the very spacious interior that has tons of room for cargo storage. All models feature two front row seats and three in the back row in order to accommodate five passengers. The seats in the front are mounted on a cross-car beam, which is meant to strengthen the car's structure. The rear seats are elevated even further than those in the front, which results in more foot room in the back seat.
Performance & Handling
The performance and handling of the 2005 Ford Five Hundred is made better by fully-independent suspension. Ride is fairly smooth in all models, but in some cases four-wheel drive is needed for a nice and smooth ride. If intending to carry a heavy load, the four-wheel drive is a better option since it comes equipped with a rear self leveling system that automatically adjusts to heavier loads without diminishing the ride quality.
Front side Impact airbags, overhead airbags, and rollover protection are optional on all models. But, front-impact airbags, an occupant sensing airbag, an engine immobilizer, a panic alarm button, traction control, and anti-lock brakes are standard on all models. While the two upper models also have an alarm system standard, it is just an option on the base model. The Ford Five Hundred got phenomenal scores on most all government crash testing. It only lost one star on rollover.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford Five Hundred: 19/26 mpg city/highway
- Roomy interior
- Tons of cargo storage
- Great safety rating
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